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The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.

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[Plus, scientists say there's a "99 percent chance of a new annual record in 2016" *RON*]

by Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 15 August 2016

On Monday it was confirmed that the Earth has broken an ominous climate milestone amid a wave of troubling records: July 2016 was the hottest recorded month—ever.

According to new NASA data, the global mean surface temperatures last month were 0.84° Celsius (1.51° Fahrenheit) above average and was the warmest July in their data set, which dates back to 1880.

This marks the 10th straight month to set a new monthly warming record, based on NASA's analysis. "Every month so far this year has been record hot," reported Climate Central's Andrea Thompson. "In NASA's data, that streak goes back to October 2015, which was the first month in its data set that was more than 1C hotter than average."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) releases its monthly…

Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House

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[Terrible news. All pretense of Hillary's politics bearing even a passing resemblance to Bernie's has been dropped like a hot potato. See also: Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team?  *RON*]

Zaid JilaniNaomi LaChance, The Intercept, 16 August 2016

TWO BIG ISSUES dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.

Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric.

Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity.

She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he wa…

The Summer of the Shill

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[Campaign 2016 won't just have lasting implications for American politics. It's obliterated what was left of our news media. *RON*]

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 15 August 2016
Years ago, when I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union, a Russian friend explained how he got his news.

"For news about Russia, Radio Liberty," he said. "For news about America, Soviet newspapers." He smiled. "Countries lie about themselves, tell truth about others."

So far 113 Republicans who've worked in government have said publicly they won't vote for the GOP nominee.

American media consumers are fast approaching the same absurd binary reality. We now have one set of news outlets that gives us the bad news about Democrats, and another set of news outlets bravely dedicated to reporting the whole truth about Republicans.

MSF hospital in Yemen hit by air strike

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[Hospital supported by MSF in northwestern Yemen hit by air strike, killing at least 11 and wounding 19, aid group says. How many times does this have to happen - with the Saudi government shrugging its shoulders and saying "Oops!" with impunity? Great move, Trudeau, for supplying these guys. *RON*]

Source: Agencies, Al Jazeera, 15 August 2016



At least 11 people have been killed and 19 wounded in an air strike on a hospital in northwestern Yemen, according to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid group, which helps run the facility.

Monday's attack on Abs hospital, located in Hajjah province, which is held by Houthi rebels, immediately killed nine people, including an MSF staff member, the Paris-based organisation said in a statement.

Two other patients died while being transferred to another hospital in Yemen, while five of the patients remained hospitalised, according to MSF.

MSF said the Arab coalition, which has been conducting air…

Everything Wrong With How Our Justice System Treats Poor People, In One Awful Case

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[Austerity meets poverty in the justice system. "Similarly, in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding areas, courts often prey upon the poor to raise funds for the local government. One community, where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, collects 66 percent of its revenue from fines and fees." *RON*]
Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress, 15 August 2016

Maria Rivera’s young son spent over a year in Orange County, California’s juvenile detention facilities. When he was released, the county sent a $16,372 bill to Rivera, claiming she needed to pay for the food her son ate, the clothing he wore, and the medicine he took while he was incarcerated.

The debt imposed a considerable hardship on Rivera. She sold her home to cover the debt, although this sale only allowed her to pay off about $9,500. Moreover, the county appears to have charged her significant interest on the unpaid portion of the debt. It eventually obtained a court…

Buying a Multi-Million Dollar Condo is the Only Way to Get into These Exclusive Restaurants

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["A number of residents-only restaurants are popping up at some of New York and Miami’s most exclusive residential buildings." You can just hear the peasants sharpening their guillotine blades. *RON*]
By Kathryn Hopkins, MANSION GLOBAL, 15 August 2016
Pet spa? Check. Swimming pool? Check. Turkish-style hammam? Check. Porte cochère? Check. New York’s posh apartment buildings have been in a race over the past couple of years to outdo each other when it comes to super amenities.

But last month, Macklowe Properties and CIM Group, 432 Park Avenue’s developers, pulled out their trump card by announcing that they had hired Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt to run the skinny skyscraper’s residents-only restaurant.